A Whodunnit with a difference conjured from a near-empty stage
MARA is a brand new solo storytelling show coming to The Acorn, Penzance for one night only on 17th September. Internationally-renowned storyteller Dominic Kelly conjures an entire world single-handed from an almost empty stage. He immerses the audience in the vast forests of 19th Century Sweden – and a whodunnit with a difference, steeped in Swedish folklore.
Alone on his croft, Morten begins to suffer nightmares and mysterious visits as he sleeps. A friend tells him he’s plagued by a Mara – someone who visits another in spirit form. To free himself from the Mara, he must discover their identity. But who is it?
Entertaining, unsettling and moving, this performance is more than a whodunnit: it’s a dive into the dreamscape of Swedish folklore, a love story, a startling glimpse into ancient forests, a playful look at our relationship with sleep and a rummage into what it means to be awake.
Dominic Kelly’s warm, witty and powerful storytelling style has captivated audiences around the world, from India to the Arctic Circle. His UK venues include the Barbican, National Theatre, British Museum, and The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. Resident in the Lake District where he grew up, he has also lived in Sweden for years. Married into a family from northern Sweden, he takes you on an unforgettable journey into this place, through experiences we can all relate to.
Watch the video trailer here: https://youtu.be/pv8xujh4_wE